FOR SALE: Items For Sale

Conair Soothing Spa Foot Bath (110v), comes with True Blue Spa chamomile and lavender effervescent foot soak crystals. Seldom used; works well.
Asking $20 USD or 11,500 cfa
If interested, please contact Donna Chabot at

Panasonic 6.0 Plus Expandable Digital Cordless Phones and Answering Machine (KX-TG6545) 110v. Five cordless phones and one base station/answering machine.
Asking $20 USD or 11,500 cfa
If interested, please contact Donna Chabot at

ZyXel Router (110v/220v). Use with Senegal TIGO Internet Service.
Bought from Senegal TIGO for $100, asking $25 USD or 14,000 cfa
If interested, please contact Donna Chabot at


TIGO MiFi Wireless Hotspot. Use with a TIGO SIM card.
Bought from TIGO Senegal, used once.
Paid $100 USD, asking $25 USD or 14,000 cfa
If interested, please contact Donna Chabot at


BlackHawk Hydrastorm Predator Hydration Backpack. Holds 3 litres/100 ounces of fluid.
Never used, still has original tags on it.
Asking $25 USD or 14,000 cfa
If interested, please contact Donna Chabot at


Camelbak BlowFish Hydration Backpack. Holds 3 litres/100 ounces of fluid.
Never used, still has the original tags on it.
Asking $25 USD or 14,000 cfa
If interested, please contact Donna Chabot at

Tommy Bahama Backpack Cooler Chair – great for the beach or hanging out at Ebbets Field.
Never used, still in original packaging.
Asking $20 USD or 11,500 cfa
If interested, please contact Donna Chabot at


GiANT Antenna for DLink DWR712 Ultra-High Gain Shielded Directional
Cellular antennae that enhances signal strength and data throughput. Includes 50 feet of ULL240 ultra-low loss coaxial cable. Used for four months with an old TIGO router, but I now have WAW and I use their antennae. Some people at the embassy have had very good results with this same type of antennae. Original cost was over $200, and it was most recently sold on Amazon for $277, but is not currently available via Amazon. Additional information regarding the antennae can be found at this link:
Asking $75 USD or 42,000 cfa
If interested, please contact Donna Chabot at


110V Electric George Forman grill. Can be used inside or outside.
Used infrequently; still in very good condition.
Asking $20 USD or 11,500 cfa
If interested, please contact Donna Chabot at


Forest green fabric shower curtain liner (70” W x 71” L / 178 cm x 180 cm). Anti-mildew; resists germs, bacteria and mold.
Never used, still in original packaging.
Asking $5.00 USD or 3,000 cfa
If interested, please contact Donna Chabot at



For Sale: Chicco Stroller/Fitness Jogger

We used it only for a couple of months, our son outgrew it already. If you need an off-road stroller for Dakar roads, this is it! For kids from 6 months up to 50 pounds (22 kg). By American brand Chicco. All terrain mobility with complete comfort and security. Lightweight frame makes it easy to hold & push. Spacious underneath basket. Full coverage extendable canopy (protects from rain and dust wind), tinted peek-a-boo window, multi-position reclining seat, and adjustable 5-point harness. Hand operated park brake. Easy to fold with one hand. You can adjust the handle height to your height. Free accessories included: front organizer for parental drinks& other items, cups holder for child, leash to hold on to if your child is walking, shopping bag hook.

Price:  130.000 CFA

Anna and Paul Kopper,, cell/whatsapp: 77 860 58 17.


FOR SALE 2014 TOYOTA YARIS LOUNGE 5 Door / Silver Grey / Black interior / Radio/DC player Manual / Low mileage: 22 295 Km / Petrol engine Excellent condition; Clean with character. 1st Registration: March 2015 Available: 22 October 2018 Green number plate For more information and to view please call: 776928057 or 773364052

Price: 6.500.000 CFA (US$ or Euro equivalent) negotiable


HRO Notes: Regional Refugee Affairs Assistant

HRO Notes: Regional Refugee Affairs Assistant

Hiring Agency: Embassy Dakar
Position Title: Regional Refugee Affairs Assistant
Open Period: 09/06/2018 – 09/15/2018 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Series/Grade: FS – 1550 5
Salary: (USD) $53,844 – (USD) $53,844
Promotion Potential: FS-5
Duty Location(s): 1 Vacancy in Dakar, SG
For More Info:  +221 33 879 4000

Position Link:


Hiring Path: • Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency: For USEFM – FP is 05. Actual FP salary determined by Washington D.C.
Security Clearance Required: Public Trust – Background Investigation
Appointment Type Permanent Appointment Type Details: Definite Not to Exceed 5 years.
Marketing Statement: We encourage you to read and understand the Eight (8) Qualities of Overseas Employees before you apply.
Summary: The U.S. Mission in Dakar, Senegal is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Regional Refugee Affairs Assistant.
Supervisory Position: No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed: No
Travel Required: Not Required


The Regional Refugee Affairs Specialist supports the work of the Regional Refugee Coordinator (RefCoord) and the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM). The incumbent’s primary responsibilities will be reporting on political, economic, security, and other issues that affect the safety and well-being of refugees and conflict victims, as well as monitoring and evaluating PRM-funded Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) programs across West Africa. The incumbent will take an active, results-oriented role in monitoring and evaluating PRM’s work in West Africa. The incumbent will develop and maintain comprehensive knowledge of current issues as they relate to humanitarian assistance in West Africa. Incumbent is supervised by the RefCoord and does not supervise others.

Packing for Dakar – 2018

Packing for Dakar – 2018

Congratulations on your assignment to Dakar, Senegal!

Please use the following checklist as a guideline for your packing and shopping preparations as you embark on your adventure. Dakar has grown in size and diversity over the past several years and provides most everything you may need. New hotels, shops, and restaurants are opening every day – your choices in Dakar for goods and services are on the rise!

Please feel to contact the CLO Office in Dakar should you have any questions whatsoever – We are looking forward to meeting you!

Air Freight:

Pack an adequate supply of non-breakable cooking utensils, small kitchen appliances, tableware, basic linens, pillows, hangers, an iron (220v, if possible), and a battery-operated or wind-up clock.  Families with children should bring toys and books. Be sure to pack everything that you will need for the first 2 to 3 months.

Clothing – Women:

Lightweight, durable cotton clothing is best for the hot season, from June through November.  Bring cotton or linen dresses, skirts, short – sleeved or sleeveless blouses, T-shirts, lightweight slacks, jeans, shorts (for home, pool, sports), lots of underwear (100% cotton recommended), bathing suits, hats, visors, sportswear, comfortable low-heeled shoes, slip-ons, sandals, and athletic shoes.

For the cool season (and air-conditioned offices), you’ll need scarves,  long-sleeved blouses and dresses, lightweight sweaters, sweatshirts or jackets, and a small selection of heavy clothing for travel to the U.S. or Europe in winter. Pantyhose are rarely worn here and are not available locally, so bring a supply if you can’t do without them! The cool season is the only time you will be comfortable in synthetic fabrics or lightweight wools. Bring a formal or cocktail dress for the Marine Ball, held in early November.  You can also choose to have one made locally; there are some amazing fabrics here!

Clothing – Men:

Lightweight, durable, cotton clothing is best for the hot season (June – November). If you normally wear suits or sports jackets to work, look for lightweight materials. For casual wear, bring slacks, jeans, shorts, short – sleeved shirts and T-shirts, lots of 100% cotton underwear, lightweight sweaters, sweatshirts or jackets, sportswear (including hats), bathing suits, sandals, tennis shoes, softball shoes (if you have them, bring them; we have an active softball league), and a small selection of heavy clothing for winter travel to the U.S. or Europe.

Clothing – Children:

Again, lightweight, durable, cotton clothing for the hot season.  School-aged children will need sports clothes for gym days, and bathing suits.  It is very difficult to find sport accessories (e.g. goggles and shoes) in Dakar.  During the winter, longer pants and/or sleeves and a light jacket are useful, especially in the mornings and evenings.  Kids’ swimwear also tends to wear out very quickly, so it’s good to have a couple in rotation, and then have the next size up on-hand, too, just in case.  Swimming season can go year-round for the more hardy kids (embassy pool is now heated, so even the more faint of heart can brave a swim in the cooler months), and finding swim wear online during what would traditionally be considered ‘winter months’ can be challenging.

 What to bring?

It is very easy to find everything you need (or a very good substitute) for your pantry in Dakar. Some notable exceptions: Sour Cream is replaced by crème fraiche, local peanut butter is very different than what you might be used to in the U.S., and cereal is very expensive. We highly recommend setting up an account at an online grocer, such as NetGrocer or Amazon and shipping the things you love instead of worrying about expiration dates during packout.  Just note that aerosols cannot be shipped through DPO (and likely not in your shipments, either) due to shipping regulations.  Shelf-stable items are always good to have on hand but there is a large selection in Dakar and online. Fresh fruits, vegetables and canned goods are found all year long and are very good.

Bringing a selection of toys and gifts to have on-hand for the numerous birthday parties you (and your children) will be invited to is a good idea.  Toys and wrapping supplies are available locally, but they are very expensive.  A Gift closet is a sanity saver and no child will care that you bought the lego kit you are gifting them months earlier.


Most items are available locally, though brands and quality may be unfamiliar. It is best to bring as many bulk paper items as possible in your shipments. Bring kitchen appliances and utensils you normally use. The Embassy only supplies about 3 transformers per household, though you can request one or two more; if they have them on-hand they will bring them. Bring enough of your own to operate your 110v appliances.  You can buy 220-volt appliances often cheaper in the States than here.

Per the recently updated 6 FAH-5 H-513.2-2  Standard and Supplemental FAP Items, Washington will no longer allow posts to issue certain items now deemed to be the personal responsibility of the occupant.  This means employees are now responsible for bringing or purchasing their own vacuum cleaners and garden and yard equipment (hose, sprinkler, trimmers, etc.).

Once You Arrive In Dakar:

Due to the amount of time it takes to receive your shipment, you will want to consider mailing a few boxes of dry and any other special items which will make your first days more comfortable prior to your departure.  Ask your social sponsor if you can mail it to them and if they could get it to your home.  It really helps for making the transition. Definitely bring or mail any items you will need for kids, especially if they will be celebrating a birthday soon after arriving at post.  Consider sending pet food and supplies ahead, too, as this will ease their transition to their new home.  Your shipment can take up to two months to arrive and you will want to be prepared.

Save Money! In general, nearly everything can be found in Dakar but usually at a price.  Therefore, if you’re below your weight allowance on your shipments, you’ll save money by sending anything that you use in large quantities or any specialty foods and liquid cleaners you like and use often (remember: food, liquid or glass items are not allowed through the pouch; many items can be sent via DPO, but not everything) . Sometimes we are pleasantly surprised by the fact that certain items and services are quite inexpensive when compared to prices in the United States. For example, labor, framing, tailors and jewelry amongst others. Shop around – you may be surprised by what you find here in Dakar!!

On top of your regular list, may we suggest?

Plastic containers (various sizes) with tight fitting lids to control pest!

Kitchen trashcan (you can get bags here)

An oven thermometer

Ice cream maker/bread maker

Drawer organizers

Shelf paper for cupboards

Paper towels (very different quality here but ships easily)

Toilet paper (same as above)

Paper plates with US themes

Steel wool pads

Dust mops and sponge mops (with lots of extra sponges)

2 or 3 heavy – duty brooms


Laundry basket

Wastebaskets for bedrooms and bathrooms

Plastic countertop dish dryer (no dishwashing machine)

Extra cookie sheets and serving platters

Pressure or slow cooker (comes in handy for those tough meats, 220v is best)

Aluminum foil

Ziplock bags

Oven bags

Plastic wrap

Wax paper

Laundry detergent – the local stuff is VERY expensive

Fabric softener – sheets and liquid

All your bath needs:


Soap (Excellent French soap is available here)

Hair items




Lotion/ cold cream

Dental floss, toothpaste, toothbrush

Feminine Hygiene Products – very expensive here and limited

Make up, nail polish, nail polish remover (Note: you cannot ship nail polish or remover through the mail, and most packing companies will not pack it)

If you wear contact lenses, ship a supply of rinsing/storing solution as it is not available here and is difficult to ship in the pouch

Laundry washing bag for delicate clothes

Shower curtains and hooks – for the number of bathrooms plus extras (note: a lot of the bathrooms have extremely tall rods for shower curtains; you might need a special size)

Clothes hangers

Towels, washcloths, bath mats, tub mats, beach towels

Bed linens (queen and twin sheets)

Lightweight blankets


Bed pillows

Cedar blocks for storing winter clothes

Small sewing kit

Sanitizing wipes

Pet Supplies:

Pet food and supplies can be ordered from on-line grocery sites, or you may consider including some in your consumables.  Just remember that most houses have ant and/or mouse issues at one time or another so food storage may become an issue.  It works well to set up a regular supply/shipment through pet websites’ subscription services.

Flea and tick shampoos

Heart Guard Heartworm medication and Frontline -helps to prevent the dogs from getting Mango worms (shots are available from the local vets)


Liquid pet stain remover

Medical items: Be mindful of expiration dates.  You can generally restock through online sites.  You can find French alternatives for many of these.

Cold medicine

Flu meds

Headache meds

Fever meds

Diarrhea meds

Pepto Bismol

Toothache meds

Rubbing alcohol



Bug bite meds

Allergy meds

Sun block – you will use this daily

Mosquito spray, cream – daily use

Put together a small med kit for the car and for the house


Band-Aids and compression wrap bandages in a few widths

Antibiotic ointment and other medicated creams


Any kids’ medicine

Office Items:

Envelopes – letter, legal, brown for mailing photos and videos home

Stamps – not available, get some larger denominations $5, $1, as well as your regular postage (note: you can use for postage for packages and buying more stamps)



Birthday and other candles

Gift-wrap and ribbon

School supplies (get list ahead of time on school website; French schools and ISD 9-12th grades are require to bring supplies)

Pencil sharpener


Magic markers

Glue, construction paper

Cards – any you will want to mail home for special occasions such as birthdays, Christmas, etc.

Tape (packing and scotch)

Special printer paper and labels

Printer ink cartridges

Camera – video and regular.

Digital photo paper

Smartstick or other portable data storage device

Batteries for digital items (like watch batteries)

Personal Entertainment:

DVD/Blu-Ray – A must – not much on regular TV and it is expensive. But bring a multi-system so you can watch PAL and SECAM dvds, too

Musical instruments (we do have a piano tuner in Dakar); Music books and musical instrument accessories (strings)

Paperback books, magazines (keep subscriptions current)

Extra fuses for appliances that use them

Voltage regulators for sensitive electronic equipment (dual voltage models for 90 – 150v and 210 – 270v are best)

Radio and/or short wave radio (It is possible to pick up the BBC World Service as well as a wide range of stations if you have a short-wave radio

Plug adapters

Note: The RTS (RadioDiffusion Television du Senegal is the national radio and TV network. Radio broadcasts take place in Wolof, Diola and Pulaar but French is the official and the most-used language. Satellite TV is available in English from DSTV South Africa. Also, there is French Canal Horizon and TV5.

Other things:

Holiday decorations – Fake Christmas tree is recommended

Wrapping paper

Small hostess gifts – boxed cards, candles, smelly stuff

Board games, cards (for adults!)

All your sports equipment for softball, running, fishing, swimming, croquet, badminton, horseback riding, basketball, frisbee, bicycling, scuba diving, golf, basketball, yoga, pool and beach, scuba, tennis

Sewing equipment: The markets are full of beautiful material

Extra bobbins

Sewing machine needles

Machine oil and a spare belt for your sewing machine

Variety of thread, trims, buttons, seam binding, elastic, zippers, etc. Sewing notions are available but expensive

Cooler – small and large.  Especially helpful if it has wheels!

BBQ Grill – if you have a gas grill, you can use it here. You will have to have an adapter made for the tanks here, but that is easy.

Battery-operated alarm clocks

Swiffer sweeper and replacement sheets (your housekeeper will likely not use these, but good for quick clean-ups when on the weekends and vacations days)

Area rugs

Couch covers – some of the fabrics on the issued furniture may not be to your liking and may not match each other. They can also be ordered online once you arrive or made locally.

Candles – very expensive here


Electric drill, power tools, any hardware (tools, nails, hooks)

Concrete nails if you are the sort that likes to hang their own pictures and wall-hangings.


Kids’ party supplies and decorations, goody bag items

A small inflatable or plastic pool for the yard

Baby food – runs about $1.50 a small jar

Baby thermometer

Diaper cream

Prepared baby food (also available locally, but expensive)

Plastic bottles, nipples, bottle sterilizers

Formula (if you want to use American brand; French brands are available and inexpensive)

Toilet seat or potty



Car seat

Sturdy stroller

Mosquito nets for crib and playpen. (Mosquito nets can be ordered locally from Ameublement Gandour, 59, Avenue General Pompidou, telephone number 822-1438)

Waterproof pads

Crib and crib linens

Pajamas for air‑conditioned bedrooms or cool nights

Training pants

Diaper wipes

If you plan to use disposable diapers, be aware that they are very expensive locally

Any special washing aids

Bring 5 – 6 dozen cloth diapers if you plan to use them

While some baby clothes and supplies are available locally (at high prices) it is best to pack adequate supplies of everything that you will need!  Often families restock through end-of-season sales from on-line retailers, too.

Crayons, non – toxic paints, other arts and crafts supplies

Games, toys and other amusements

Clothing needs:

Sneakers, play shoes, sandals, cotton socks, flip flops, pool shoes, slippers

lots of underwear

Shorts, jeans, T‑shirts

Lightweight sweaters or jackets, windbreaker


Some dressier clothes

At least 2‑3 bathing suits


Pajamas suitable for air-conditioned bedrooms or cool nights,

Small selection of heavy clothing for colder-weather travel to the U.S. or Europe.

Halloween costumes (remember that Halloween here occurs during the hottest month, so costumes should be as light as possible)

Books (reading and coloring)

Inexpensive gifts to give friends at Christmas and birthdays (at least 10 or 15 for small children)

Lunchbox, water bottles and non-breakable thermos

Consider bringing:

Tricycle or bike

Sleeping bag

Beach toys and sports equipment

Air mattress

Toys, float, swim rings for the pool

Big play equipment like swing sets, slides, playhouses, sandboxes or inflatable swimming pools – the things you can’t mail order.  Wait until you have your housing assignment, though, before purchasing large items for your yard, as there might be limited yard space.


Lawn umbrella or garden sunshade

Mosquito coils and citronella candles

Folding sports/lawn chairs

Gardening tools – the Embassy does not provide yard tools. You can find some tools locally, but they are expensive and not of good quality.  Bring small garden tools and seeds. You will want to consider growing some of your own veggies/fruits due to drought and we do not always have things available at the market

Watering hose

Seed starting trays

Look into bringing a supply of auto parts, such as oil and air filters, belts, shocks – they are very expensive and could save you bundle!

Sunshade for car

Good jumper cables for car

Any camping gear (tents, lanterns, etc)

Remember:   You can buy most items here, but the costs are often much higher due to import costs.

Happy packing!!

FAQ’s for Dakar 2018

FAQ’s for Dakar 2018

Frequently Asked Questions DAKAR 2018

Things to bring in HHE

All of the post reports suggest shipping liquids, liquids, and more liquids.  What high volume liquids do you recommend we put in our sea shipment (cooking oils, bleach, etc.)?

Bleach is available here! Do not ship! What you need in quantities in your HHE is your favorite shampoos (probably not available here), ketchup (Heinz is available but more expensive; local ketchup is more like tomato sauce), yellow mustard, pickle relish, pancake or maple syrup, peanut butter, etc.  If you prefer a particular brand, bring it, especially if it is in a glass jar or bottle. Oil is 4,000 cfa/$3 a liter (equivalent to a quart) at minimum for Senegalese brand. Olive oil is about 5,300 cfa ($9.50) a liter. Check the shelf date before you ship too much.  You can typically find nonstick sprays at the American Foods Store. Which is especially good to know, as your packers will not pack aerosols.  You can find most things here in the supermarkets or from online grocers; the problem you run into with online grocers is the liquid/packaging issue with pouch and having to factor in the shipping time.  DPO has more flexibility for what can be shipped, but you still have the shipping time.  Locally available cleaning supplies are acceptable, but if you have a brand you love, bring some with you.

Per the recently updated 6 FAH-5 H-513.2-2  Standard and Supplemental FAP Items, Washington will no longer allow posts to issue certain items now deemed to be the personal responsibility of the occupant.  This means employees are now responsible for bringing or purchasing their own vacuum cleaners and garden and yard equipment (hose, sprinkler, trimmers, etc.)

What would you recommend we pre-ship to ourselves (toilet paper, paper towels, linens, pet food, etc?)

It is becoming easier and easier to find American brands in Dakar.  The supply is not consistent, but with patience, it can be found.  That said; if there is an item/brand that you cannot live without, bring it.  Most items you can find a similar version but it may be more expensive.  It’s a good idea to pre-ship pet foods and (especially) litter and/or litter box.  Your kitty will thank you for it.  You can get pet supplies locally but they will not be the sort your pet (nor their tummy) is familiar with.


What restrictions are on DPO mail?

Please consider restrictions to USPS mail.  No alcohol, items used to make or brew alcohol, firearms, explosives, pork products or other dangerous items may be shipped. If you have specific questions on what may be shipped to Dakar’s DPO, contact CLO, the Mailroom, or visit the following website:

Can you ship tobacco products into the country?

Via the DPO, yes. Check  for pouch regulations.


What kind of car should I bring to post?

High clearance is a good suggestion, but not a requirement.  If you wish to visit outside Dakar on a regular basis, a 4×4 might be a good investment.  In Dakar, majority of the main roads are paved, but many residential roads are not, so having a vehicle with higher clearance is hulpful.

Can I ship my vehicle to Dakar which is older than 5 years and can I sell the car at the end of the tour?

The government of Senegal does not permit importation of POVs which are more than eight years old. However, a diplomat may import a car over eight years old provided the vehicle is shipped to the next post, back to the US when current tour is completed, or sold to another diplomat.  The process for selling a vehicle at post must be initiated six months prior to departure (see below for more details).  Vehicles with original tinted windows are allowed.

Mission personnel are permitted up to two duty-free vehicles (depending upon the number of drivers), which can be either purchased at or shipped to post. ‘Vehicles’ includes cars and motorcycles.  Anything above two of the above, the Government of Senegal will assess full customs and duties charges.  However, mission personnel must pay the shipping costs and related customs clearance fees for the second vehicle.  The Government of Senegal considers a motorcycle or a boat engine as a mode of transportation.  These are required to be registered and are counted the same as a POV.

In Dakar, it is possible to purchase both new and used vehicles. Used vehicles are often available from mission personnel and those in the extended expatriate community as they leave the country. The prices of these vehicles are often somewhat higher than similar vehicles sold in the U.S.

Mission personnel must register their vehicles with the Senegalese Government and pay a one-time fee of approximately $20.00 for the license plate. Diplomatic personnel with two cars will receive green diplomatic plates for both cars. A local driver’s license is not required when you have a valid U.S. driver’s license. Local automobile liability insurance is required in Senegal. GSO motor pool helps you get a local insurance upon arrival (you usually arrive before your POV),  it costs between $160-$200.Theft, fire, and collision insurance policies are also available from several companies but are very expensive locally. Many employees obtain comprehensive coverage from U.S. companies that offer such service.

Parts and service can be difficult to obtain for American-made vehicles, and repair service capabilities for some electronic ignition equipped vehicles may be limited. Parts are also not always available for foreign-made cars such as Honda, Toyota, and Mazda sold with U.S. specifications. Mission personnel often include car parts, such as spark plugs, points, rotors, condensers, electronic-ignition control units, fan belts, wiper blades, and oil and air filters, in their HHE shipments since these parts are not always readily available on the local market. Tires are available but are very expensive locally.  You can get tires through DPO.

Selling your POV:

Employees should plan accordingly if their vehicle surpass eight (08) years of age at the end of their tour. Employees must either re-export their vehicle (into permanent storage or to their next post), or sell their vehicle to another diplomat who enjoys customs exemption status. Transferring titles takes several months and should be initiated as soon as an employee knows that he/she will leave the POV at post.

In order to sell a POV, all employees must complete the following steps:

Six months prior to departure from post, complete the “Application to Sell Property and Convert Proceeds” and submit it to the Management Office.  This form is available on the Mission’s Intranet site.

After receiving approval from the Management Office, contact GSO/Motorpool at least 3 months prior to departure from post.

GSO/Motorpool will then contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and formally request permission to sell your POV.  Once the sale is approved, GSO/Motorpool will receive an official letter from the MFA.

If the buyer has duty-free status (e.g., a diplomat), GSO/Motorpool will finalize the paperwork once the seller notifies GSO/Motorpool that the POV was sold.  Please note that if the POV is more than 5 years old, the vehicle may only be sold to a buyer who has duty-free status.

If the buyer does not have duty-free status (and the car is less than 5 years old), the seller must ensure that duties are paid and customs formalities are completed.  The buyer must give the seller and GSO/Motorpool a letter confirming that the applicable customs duties were paid in full.  GSO/Motorpool will then help complete the final paperwork.

How much does an oil change cost?  It was advised we bring air filters, cabin filters, oil filters and windshield wipers.  Should I bring motor oil?

It is cheaper to bring motor oil whether or not you will change it yourself. The garages are not that expensive so having an oil change is very reasonable. Other spare parts for your car can be ordered online or brought with you to post.

Do I have to take my catalytic converter out of my car before I arrive on post?

No, you can find unleaded gasoline in Dakar. (called ‘super’)

Internet/ Cable/Telephone

Do you have cell phones and if so, what do you use and who do you buy your coverage through? Approximate monthly cost? And internet is there a local company you get internet through? Is it fast and reliable? Monthly cost?

Officers have an official phone/Blackberry with Tigo. Many EFM’s buy an Orange (Sonatel) SIM card to get a number and then cards of 1,000 to 10,000 CFA ($2-$20) to use for minutes (both for phone and data usage). It is a good idea to wait for one of frequent promotions to buy these cards, as you will get 50-100% more time.  There are other providers as well, but Orange tends to have the best coverage and most consistent service.

We cannot use Expresso as it is a Sudanese company (embargo).

You need a tri-band phone to use the same in Senegal and in the US. You can buy unlocked iPhones here; however, an unlocked phone from the US will work well (and cost a LOT less).

Is High Speed internet available?

Yes.  Faster connection + home phone = about $150 a month; every residence has landline phone.  For long distance calls most families use Skype, Vonage or Magic Jack services.

Does Embassy Dakar have AFN?  Are there restrictions for placing the dish on the buildings?

GSO has AFN boxes for use during your tour. However, it is up to the renter to set up the satellite connection. Dish and installation cost around $300, but the dish is yours to keep or sell to the next person living in your house.  If you will be living in a house, check to see if the current tenant has a dish already installed which you can buy from them. If you are in an apartment, you can share the cost of the dish with your neighbors and split the signal. There may already be a dish on your roof.  Check with GSO Housing to confirm.

In addition, there are local Cable providers to choose from with English and French speaking channels.  It cost about $50 a month.

Clubs, Pools and Beaches

There are many great options for enjoying the beaches and pools in Dakar. Prices range from 5,000 – 15,000 CFA ($10 – $30 per person) depending if it is a private hotel beach/pool or part of a restaurant.

Additionally, we have a pool located at the embassy.


What kind of stores are available in Dakar?

There is a mall, Sea Plaza, which has L’Occitane, Mango, United Colors of Benetton, Aldo Shoes and more stores.   Orca has house wares, furniture and toys.  It is limited and some items can be expensive but you can also have quite a few things made custom and of course, there is online shopping.

More and more, you can find most items you would be looking for in Dakar.  The only question is how much you want to pay for it, as everything is imported, and therefore has the imported price tag.  That said, there is a growing selection of clothing, toy, decorations, gift and luxury shops in Dakar.  If you need something urgently, you can probably find options.  If you can wait, it might be best to buy it online and wait for it to arrive.

Autos: Renault Koleos Expression – $16,000

Véhicule Renault Koleos Expression (4 x 2)
(boîte automatique)

Première mise en circulation en Novembre 2014
Kilométrage: 31’000 km
Carburant: Essence
Précisions: Véhicule vendu hors-taxe, hors douane
Dans très bon état, régulièrement entretenue
PRIX: 9’000’000 F CFA (13’500 EUR ou 16’000 USD)
M. Rajat Tara – tel. Whatsapp +91 98 9117 3264 / email
Mme Ljiljana Tara – tel. Whatsapp +381 64 034 0838 / email
Mme Hawa Diahkate tel. +221 77 558 3286